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Haiti Makes Androids, Google Cuts Prices & More…

FOSS Week in Review

U.S. giving up control of DNS root zone

On Friday, March 14, the U.S. announced it’ll relinquish control of the Internet’s root zone file, which contains all information about top-level domain names. According to Ars Technica, the move came as a surprise, although the United States has promised for many years that eventually the system would be put in the hands of an international body.

Currently, the Department of Commerce has [...]

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‘Who Don’t You Trust’ Poll – The Biggest Loser Is…

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It will probably come as no surprise to anyone that Microsoft topped the list in our “Who Don’t You Trust” poll. That’s the poll, launched on May 27th and closed on June 20th, in which we asked the question, “What tech company would you least trust to manage a FOSS project?” 411 people took the poll, which might be characterized by it’s lack of surprising results. In fact, we have to go to nearly the [...]

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Time to Take Advantage of Microsoft’s Vulnerabilities

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The iron is hot. Microsoft has been caught.

This time I think it’s going to cost them dearly. Several years back they might have been able to wiggle out, but now their reputation is already tarnished. Soon we’ll see governments and the enterprise move away from Windows, Office and other Microsoft products, especially outside the U.S.

It wasn’t news to most of us in the FOSS world that Microsoft was one of the companies shoveling [...]

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HP Board Misses One Shot Opportunity

HP’s Board of Directors could’ve solved a lot of their problems with the single action of replacing failed CEO Léo Apotheker with a competent executive capable of managing a diversified (some would say bloated) giant like HP. The CEO job would not be a position to fill with haste, which the board seems to have done.

HP Welcome Sign outside corporate headquarters.Sure, Meg Whitman is something [...]

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OpenOffice.org and Symphony: Did IBM Do the Right Thing?

As soon as Oracle announced they were offering OpenOffice.org to The Apache Software Foundation, there went up a collective sigh of relief from the FOSS community. Some, no doubt, would have preferred the project to be turned over to the folks at The Document Foundation, whose members had worked with the code for the better part of a decade and who’d already done a bang-up job improving OOo with their fork LibreOffice, but you don’t [...]

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